Writings by Joe Fyfe

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Picasso: The Classical Period and Al Taylor Wire Instruments 1989-1990


Picasso: The Classical Period, at C & M Arts 45 E 78th Street between Madison and Park Avenues, New York NY 10021 212-861-0020 through December 5, 2003 Al Taylor: Wire Instruments, 1989-90 Lawrence Markey 42 East 76th Street New York NY 10021-2711 Tel 212 517 9892 Fax 212 517 9894 November 13 to December 20,…


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Michael St. John


Cynthia Broan Gallery 23 East 73 Street, New York In the mid-Nineteenth Century, the French poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire published his famous essay, The Painter of Modern Life. He proposed a new model of the artist as an individual who was simultaneously immersed in and detached from the miasma of contemporary urban life. In…


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Alex Katz


Alex Katz: Flowers & Landscapes PaceWildenstein 32 E 57th Street, at Madison Avenue, 212 421 3292 until November 8. Alex Katz: Cartoon Peter Blum 99 Wooster Street, between Prince and Spring Streets, 212 343 0441 until November 15 The painter Alex Katz, now 50 years into his career, is a kind of artist that only…


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George Peck


Florence Lynch Gallery, 531-539 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, New York NY 10001 212-924-3290 September 4 to October 4, 2003 For the past several years, George Peck has been painting on large plastic drop cloths, the kind bought in a hardware store or a from a commercial paint supplier. The paintings consist of two layers,…


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The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric by Michel Pastoureau


Soon after reading Michel Pastoureau’s fascinating book, The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric, I noticed that the inside of the cardboard container that holds Macdonald’s french fries is lined with a pattern of delicate yellow stripes. Utilizing the information in the book, I was able to trace the historical roots of…


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Thomas Nozkowski Drawings


January 23 to March 1, 2003 New York Studio School 8 West 8 Street, New York NY 10011 The key drawings in Thomas Nozkowski’s exhibition were hung just inside the entrance to the gallery. S68, dated 1984, is a semi-abstract pictogram made from short brushstrokes. The image is centered on a large empty field of…


Romanticism and Its Discontents, by Anita Brookner


Isaiah Berlin said that all the problems of our age could be traced back to Romanticism. Anita Brookner heard him lecture on the subject and decided to teach it herself. This took place at the Courtauld Institute where she was an authority on eighteenth century painting. She has written monographs on Greuze, Jacques-Louis David and…